Update August 20/2017: The final draft of the Circling and Authentic Relating Quick-Start Guide is almost ready. Subscribe to the right to get it. You can also order it in print or on Kindle.
My purpose is to write a guide that is free, can be read in an hour or two, and which gives a good summary (or context) of the modality, especially from the participant’s role. It’s going to be short (20-30,000 words). For my context around Circling, along with other offers, See Offers and Beyond Circling: I have a dream
Although the first version is ready, the project is going to remain a “work in progress” for some time as I am opening it to community contributions. I would love to receive your personal stories and other theoretical contributions! Write to me here.
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Foreword to the First Edition
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” — Theodore Roosevelt
This book represents the fulfillment of three deep desires of mine.
My first desire was to provide a “quick-start” guide to the Circling practice for people who have not heard about it – a guide that might be particularly useful to those of us with short attention spans.
My second desire was to share my excitement about the Authentic Relating movement, which has been so transformational for me in such a short time, with the hope of inspiring others to try it out and see for themselves how enjoyable and connecting it can be.
And my third desire was to put Circling into the context where I think it squarely belongs: as a revolutionary practice aimed at increasing the reach of human kindness and human loving in the world. As such there is no sphere of life, public or private, that could not benefit from the practices described here. You can practice Authentic Relating (A/R) skills with anyone, whether they are aware of your intentions or not, and if you do it correctly (which is not always easy) it is very likely that you will get phenomenal results with most people.
I am currently traveling throughout the US, looking for opportunities to bring Circling into the world in two particular areas that I am very passionate about: intentional communities and mental health / addiction recovery. If you are interested in these projects and want to support me or share resources, write to me at marc@CirclingGuide.com
Finally: I am grateful for any corrections, feedback (positive or negative), and inspirational stories.